NV Programme

 

NV bannerCFUW North Vancouver meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Refreshments are served at 7 PM (except March – see programme) and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

Meetings are held at the Royal Canadian Legion,
123 West 15th,
North Vancouver.

Prospective members and guests welcome at meetings (occasional exceptions will be noted in programme notes). For further information email: Cfuw.nv2@gmail.com 


Programme for 2018-2019

June 9 – CFUW AND GWI –100 YEARS

The CFUW North Vancouver Ukulele Singalong celebrated the 100th anniversaries of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and Graduate Women International (GWI). The Singalong was held on June 9 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 118 in North Vancouver.

  • We played and sang a sampling of songs from WWI to 2019.
  • The songbook list available at: CLICK HERE
  • Songbook available at: CLICK HERE – if you find you cannot access the link, use your browser to connect to: http://cfuwnvwv.vcn.bc.ca/files/2019/05/Ukulele-Singalong-Book.pdf
  • And YES! There was cake!
  • Donations went to our scholarship fund.

June 11 (Tuesday) – Annual Dinner & Entertainment – Get Organized – Stay Organized

Linda Chu, can assist us in learning how to purge with purpose. Her talk will be both informative and entertaining as she helps us to clear our clutter without cluttering the landfills.
Linda is the Principal and Founder of Out of Chaos – a company that provides Home & Office Organizing Services and Move Management Coordination. As a leader in the industry for her professionalism and expertise, Linda’s organizing tips have been published in notable major newspapers and magazines across Canada (Chatelaine, Readers’ Digest, etc.) She is regularly appears on Breakfast Television and CBC Radio.

Following Linda’s talk at our Annual Dinner on June 11th., you will be prepared to tackle what once appeared to be an overwhelming task!

Past Programmes for 2018-19

May 9 – AGM – On-going Support to the Women of Bountiful

Cathy Leugner and Alison Hutchison from the CFUW Nelson club will present the work they have been doing meeting with and supporting, several ex-FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints) women. These women organized a group called “SafetyNet in the Kootenays” (SNK).

The intent of the group is to help others who have left Bountiful and are navigating the world beyond the FLDS closed community. Nelson Club members have been working with these former Bountiful residents, and helping SNK to arrange face-to-face meetings with politicians and community support agencies.

At the 2018 CFUW AGM, Cathy and Alison did an inspiring presentation. The May 9 North Vancouver session will include stories told by ladies who have come from Bountiful as well as a short video clip featuring one SNK lady talking about her background and experiences. This presentation will focus on how CFUW Nelson can provide on-going support and represents a unique perspective on how women can receive support to become independent within the context of their communities.

April 11 – Go Electric

Ron Burton, President of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, spoke about EVs past and present. (Photo caption: Ron Burton, President of Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA), Barb MacLellan, CFUW NV President, and VEVA members Bruce Short and Larry Sharpe.

March 14 – Provincial Resolutions

January 10 – Indigenous World View

Dr. Lolehawk Laura Buker, a Lake Babine Nation and Stó: lō Nation Elder, retired indigenous professor (Lakehead University), fisherwoman, and storyteller walked us through the indigenous world view that she walks every day. Sharing stories of the land Dr. Buker opened a sharing circle of respectful and safe conversation with us all, with time for reflection in our era of truth and reconciliation.

December 13 – Christmas Party and Silent Auction

November 8 – Perspectives on the News

George Orr enjoyed a career in the daily news business in Vancouver when it was at its peak. Starting in radio news, then migrating into TV news as a reporter and editor, and finally teaching the craft at BCIT while producing award-winning documentaries, he made it his mission to examine and experience the news business from as many perspectives as possible.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the disconnect between what journalists do, and what people expect of them. Questions like “Why is the news always so negative?” illustrate this gap, and so this presentation will attempt to build a bridge here. As well, as the business changes with the times, there is a consumer malaise that needs to be addressed and set aside. We are now well beyond ‘the good old days’, and in looking back, we can examine whether they were in fact that good, and whether we might indeed be well-served by the craft today.”

October 11 –  Youth Homelessness in Our Community

Speaker: Paul Butler, director of Youth Services at Hollyburn

September 13 – Shake, Rattle & Roll – Earthquakes and Earthquake Hazard in South West BC

Taimi Mulder BSc., MSc.  is a part of the team that gathers earthquake data for Western Canada. Taimi, and her team, then uses that data to unravel the crustal structure of the region. Her expertise involves studying earthquakes of South Western BC.

Earthquakes in the southwestern corner of BC are a result of the interaction of two tectonic plates in our neighbourhood –the North America plate and the offshore Juan de Fuca plate.  The Juan de Fuca plate is sliding or “subducting” underneath the west coast of BC, Washington, Oregon, and northernmost California.  Earthquakes occur within the North America plate or the Juan de Fuca plate, as well as on the offshore contact between these two converging plates.


Programmes for 2017-2018

May 10 – Dying with Dignity: Dr. Sue Hughson, Board Member, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC)

Dr. Sue Hughson holds a B.Sc from University of Guelph, and a D.V.M. from the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI. She has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1990, starting in St John’s, Newfoundland, then relocating to Vancouver.
Along with her duties on the DWDC board, Dr. Hughson is the co-chair of the DWDC Vancouver chapter. She oversees the organization of independent witnesses for assisted dying in the Lower Mainland region and delivers advance care planning presentations. She is a mother of two children and a writer of short fiction and poetry, including art song collaborations. She has been involved in social activism in various forms over the years and currently serves as Past President of the British Columbia Humanist Association.
Dr. Hughson’s viewpoint follows:”My personal interest in medically assisted dying stems from a life spent observing the natural world, and being moved by the relations we make with one another and all life around us. On a more pragmatic level, this has often meant actively assisting animals in their death through the act of euthanasia. To deliver a good death requires skill, mindfulness and compassion. To deny a good death to an individual human who is suffering from grievous illness, with no chance of recovery, and who chooses an assisted end of life, is untenable to me.
The British Columbia Humanist Association maintains in their position statement that we support the right of the individual to have choice in medically assisted dying. We support and encourage changes to Canadian legislation to allow this choice, and we support the work of Dying With Dignity Canada.”
Dr. Hughson presented a quick overview of the issue in Canada culminating with the introduction of MAID (medical assistance in dying) (Bill C14). She discussed the issues which are arising under MAID, including the “foreseeable death” clause. She looked at the issue of institutions which receive public funding: do they have a moral right to opt out, or do only individuals have such a right. At this time some hospitals are banning MAID which means that their patients are denied their individual choice.
Meeting Poster Poster May 2018

April 20 – 22: Making Connections, Closing the Gaps.

BC COUNCIL AGM hosted by CFUW North Vancouver

The work of Mom2Mom is based on research in child development and neuroscience that has shown that enriching children’s environments, lowering levels of family stress and connecting mothers to their child’s school and to community social supports leads to positive changes in children’s learning and development. When these things are in place, children are happier, better adjusted and more likely to succeed in school. Mothers are better able to nurture and attach to children when they aren’t struggling every day to meet basic needs.
Mom2 Mom is a community program in Vancouver. One or two ‘Moms’ mentor another ‘Mom’ as they get together regularly in social situations. Because these women are mothers, this common experience enables them to relate to each other. In time the ‘Moms’ develop a friendship that can involve the families of each mom. The hope of the program is that many of its goals will be met for the mentee and her family. Please note the website for Mom2Mom http://www.m2mcharity.ca/

March 8 – National and Provincial Resolutions

February 8 – The What and Why of Post-Secondary Education

The importance of a post-secondary education has increased significantly in the last decade. Some people choose to continue their education as a means of improving their career prospects, others see higher education as something of a door to opportunities more generally, and take a range of courses that will enable them to be more marketable as thinkers and workers in a number of different fields. Some choose to further their personal passions. The world context and students themselves are driving the changing content and process in the wide variety of post-secondary opportunities that are available.
A panel of post-secondary students along with Facility from Capilano University will explore the following:

  • What does post-secondary education look like in 2018?
  • Who are the students and what are the most popular areas of study?
  • Why is it important to pursue post-secondary education?
  • How do students choose their post-secondary education paths?
  • In what ways can we advocate for and support post-secondary programs in North Vancouver?

The moderated by Brittany Barnes, Alumni Relations Officer at Capilano University who is an alumna of both the Communications and Global Stewardship program. While at CapU she served as student union president before moving on to work as the Communications and Community Relations Assistant for our North Vancouver Member of Parliament. Brittany is passionate about being involved in her community and enjoys discussions around affordable housing, public transportation and, of course, women empowerment.
Panel members will include: CFUW NV Award Winners Sherim Pedram: Graduate Handsworth Secondary, attending SFU, Jessica Gale: Graduate Carson Graham Secondary, Attending Capilano U, and Tracy Hislop, Cap U. It will also include Katie Japaridze, Women Students Liaison, Capilano Students’ Union. Angela Jiang, Co-President of Young Women in Business Cap U, and Michelle Zhen, Co-President of Young Women in Business Ca

January 11 – Update on Canadian Sex Trade Legislation

Panel presentation with Lynn Kent, Director, BC Research Institute for Children and Women’s Health and Cathy Peters, Community Advocate against Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.
Lynn Kent, was unable to attend, however, she had fellow UWC Hycroft/Vancouver club member, Marlene Adam of her subcommittee, read her’s presentation. Marlene summarized the involvement of the Vancouver club, which started with the Olympics. There has been a focus, both nationally and internationally on educating members about the issue of sex trafficking and violence against women. Efforts have been made to lobby governments and politicians to ensure United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons is ratified by countries and followed. Cathy Peters, a former inner city school teachers and volunteer for 2 former Members of Parliament including Joy Smith, Manitoba, an expert in human trafficking, has made awareness raising presentations around the province including to the public, city councils, police detachments, etc., since the “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” became law. Focusing locally, she continues to teach the powerful about the growing pandemic amongst our vulnerable population: youth, children, indigenous, Asian, migrant, disabled, mentally challenged, and foster kids. She has found police are not familiar with the current laws in Canada against sexual trafficking, and there is very little enforcement. Cathy’s goal is to “traffic-proof” every community in BC. Her mission statement – A Modern Equal Society Does Not Buy and Sell Women and Children. There are very serious consequences to communities, such as Germany, which have legalized prostitution. Both speakers strongly encouraged club members to get more involved in this issue, and offered their support. There are many handouts and references for those who would like further information. See CFUW National July 30, 2017 Press Release.

December 14 – Christmas Party and Silent Auction

November 9 -Advancing Child and Youth Rights

Audrey Hobbs Johnson, club member and educator, hosts the panel of Rachel Malek and Mandy Thayil and a volunteer representative from Foundry.

Rachel Malek, BC Representative for Children and Youth’s 2010 Award of Excellence in Youth Leadership winner; Vancouver 24 Hours News’ Top 24 Under 24 Award winner in 2012; and the Vancouver Foundation’s BC Child and Youth in Care Achievement Award winner in the Superstar category in 2016, has embraced service to others since she was a homeless teenager at age 14. Increasingly her focus has shifted to policy advocacy for marginalized youth and women. Her work in this area culminated last year in a professional appointment with the BC Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), as Project Coordinator of a province-wide Study Circle initiative which looked for ways to improve community support for young people “aging out” of foster care.

Mandy Thayil, a trained social worker and Program Manager for the Society of Children and Youth of BC, has many years of experience in program development and community engagement towards supporting the well-being of children and youth in both schools and community programs. Both women have a commitment to mobilizing communities to play their part in empowering children and youth and promoting participatory advocacy. FOUNDRY represents community agencies, government, donors, youth, young adults and families coming together to improve the wellness of BC’s young people, believing that you people should have a voice in their care and finding the right should support should not be difficult. Guests are MOST welcome: please come and get involved.

October 12 – Hope: A Concept and a Practice, Sally Halliday, MA, RCC, CCC

Most of us are familiar with stories about life’s challenges and difficulties, yet alongside these narratives lie powerful sources of hope that are often not acknowledged or even understood. Over the past 30 years, research has demonstrated the benefits of hope when it comes to making positive changes and supporting a fulfilling life. But how does it work? During this short presentation, we were introduced to some of the research that defines and supports hope practices and had an opportunity to try out some hope tools. Sally Halliday, a Vancouver-based Registered Clinical Counsellor, thrives on creating interactive and informative learning experiences. Formerly with UBC Continuing Studies, she helped create the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching. As a corporate trainer or a clinician, Sally believes in the power of learning and support for people who want to change unhealthy patterns and move forward with a sense of energy and hope. Sally spoke of hope – a positive agency in our lives – as “a concept and a practice.” See photo

October 2017 speaker, clinical and workplace counselor Sally Halliday, MA, RCC, CCC, flanked by President, Barb MacLellan and a Program Committee member.

September 14 – The Crisis in the Middle East and War for Religion

Our first speaker of the year was Dr. Andre Gerolymatos, SFU Professor of History and a Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre of Hellenic Studies. His presentation “The Crisis in the Middle East and War for Religion” was beyond eye opening. Dr. Gerolymatos holds the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC Chair of Hellenic Studies and is a Co-Director of the Terrorism, Risk & Security Studies Program at SFU, has received numerous honours and awards acknowledging his important contribution to Canadian national security, and has served with federal Ministries, Boards and Councils from 1993 to 2013. We, as Canadians, individually and collectively MUST help all newcomers from other lands feel welcome in Canada: interact with those from other cultures and faiths and personally demonstrate what a wonderful country we have in Canada. See Photo


Programmes for 2016-2017

June 8 – Annual Dinner –  On Being a Restaurant Critic, Chris Dagenais, North Shore News.

May 11 – Annual General Meeting and RCMP in the Community

We were fortunate to have two RCMP officers from the North Vancouver detachment give a dual presentation. Corporal Marlies Dick has 12 year service working rotations in General Duty, Traffic, Integrated First Nations Policing, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and is currently in the Youth Intervention Unit. She spoke on a day in the life of a police officer and the community outreach programs/initiatives offered. Corporal Peri Mainwaring has over 20 years of experience, starting in rural Saskatchewan. Since arriving in the Lower Mainland Peri has worked in Federal Policing with Market Enforcement Fraud and currently supervises the Fraud Unit here in North Vancouver in the District Response Sergeant Position. Peri’s focus was on identity fraud and prevention, covering the top ten scams and how to protect yourself. In addition to the ones you hear about quite regularly, she warned us of the romance/dating scams targeting older single women (millions of dollars have been lost in Canada to this one), watch carefully when buying things on line for truly secure sites, use PayPal or have a low limit separate credit card used just for on-line purchases, fake endorsements, lottery winnings and wire fraud and SHRED ALL important papers containing YOUR identity to help prevent identity theft.

April 13 – Stand Tall Education Network Training Centre, Uganda,

Nicola Shouela Our speaker, Nicola Shouela, is founder of the secondary school in Kampala, Uganda which takes students from the Stand Tall Primary School, also in Kampala. Both of these schools accept students whose parents and guardians cannot afford the minimal amount charged for them to attend public school. The cost of sending one student to high school per year is $600 which includes uniforms, books, supplies, room and board. Nicole is entertaining and well informed and her presentation is always inspiring. A generous friend donate two of her homemade frozen pies for a mini silent auction, there were other treasures to bid on thanks to Isabelle Zoobkoff, plus many individual donations were also made. All proceeds were added to the club’s small donation to Stand Tall to make a most worthwhile donation to a most worthy cause. Thanks to all who helped achieve this.

March 9 – National Resolutions

Members enjoyed a pot luck dinner and discussed and voted upon proposed National Resolutions and proposed amendments to the National Articles and Bylaws and changes to the CFUW BC Council Constitution and Bylaws.

February 9 – Update on Stem Cell Research – Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine.

Terry Thomas, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Research and Development STEMCELL Technologies, Inc. joined STEMCELL Technologies to head the Research and Development Department. Under her leadership the R & D department has grown from 2 employees in 1994 to more than 200 today. STEMCELL Technologies is a privately owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver. This company provides reagents, instruments and protocols to support leading-edge life sciences research around the world. Terry described the different types of stem cells, what we know of their biology and to what extent we can direct them to generate the various cells and tissues found in the body.

January 12 – PADS: Pacific Assistance Dog Society

Two representative of PADS spoke to us about the work the assistance dogs do for people in our community. Not to be confused with the dogs who assist the blind, two male trained dogs (who happen to be brothers) demonstrated many of their skills. We saw how they could assist people by alerting their partners to a variety of sounds (such as the doorbell or fire alarm). As well, we saw how they can help with such tasks as opening and closing doors, and retrieving dropped objects. It was extremely informative and those present thoroughly enjoyed seeing the dogs in action.

December 8 – Christmas Party and Silent Auction.

November 17 – The Public Library in the 21st Century

Jacqueline van Dye, Director, Library Services, District of North Vancouver Libraries addressed the topic: What does the library of the future look like? As the former provincial librarian for BC and current chief librarian at the North Vancouver District Public Library, Jacqueline van Dyk knows about revolution in public library services. Over the last one hundred years, libraries have adapted from transactional lending facilities into dynamic community hubs that go way beyond just books. We’ll explore the library space as a connective hub; linking people to information and knowledge, to each other, and to the tools they need to survive in a dramatically changing digital world. Jacqueline will also expand on potential visions for the Library of Tomorrow and what that might look like in the District of North Vancouver.

October 13 – Aging Well: Is Mobility the Key?

Dr. Heather McKay, Professor, Department of Orthopedic and Family Practice, UBC, and Director of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.
As we age, it’s natural for our bodies to start slowing down. Our muscles weaken, joints wear out and bones start losing strength. However, we shouldn’t accept all this as a part of the aging process as there are things we can do to maintain our quality of life and our independence well into older age. Current research shows that the more effort we put into strengthening our bodies through exercise, especially early in life, the longer we can stay mobile. Dr. McKay showed us the importance of mobility for healthy aging and gave some practical tips intended to help maintain the body, mind and independence into later years. Because there are now more people in Canada over the age of 85 than under 15 years, SENIORS have a really loud voice, politically, re: such things as health care, city infrastructure, etc. Use your voice! In North America, lack of mobility contributes more to an early demise than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined. The message: Get Moving, Now!

September 8 – Aging out of Foster Care

-Audrey Hobbs-Johnson along with a panel from Vancouver University Women’s Club (Hycroft) including Patricia Grohne and her amazing team of young adults – Rachel Malek, Johnny Tuktu and Lorilynn Grey who spoke to us with the knowledge and passion that can come from someone who knows the system from the inside as well as out. Collectively we were touched by the dreadful scenario that any aging-out 19 year faces with the BC foster care system and collectively we will try to make a difference – both locally and provincially. In addition to this power presentation by a group of older women who care and young people who know things must change, we also meet old friends and new at our first meeting of the season: Interest Group members shared their enthusiasm and knowledge about all the many groups members can join and enjoy. [See printable meeting POSTER in BLOG section).


Programmes for 2015-2016 Education and Advocacy

June 9 – Annual Dinner: Reflections from Fifty Years in the Courtroom

The Honourable Mr. Justice Randall Wong recalled fifty years in the courtroom – both in front of and behind the bench. Both his personal journey from law student to senior judge and the struggle of the Chinese Canadians to gain entry, respect, equality and recognition throughout the Canadian justice system was eye opening, entertaining and profound.

May 12 – AGM – Key note speech: Social Justice

Jennifer Wade, philanthropist and justice advocate, with her extensive background in human rights, and a co-founder of Amnesty International (AI), spoke on her activities in the area of social justice. From the start of AI in London, to involvement with the civil rights movement while teaching English at Emory University (Atlanta), to co-founding the Vancouver chapter of AI in the early 1970s, to her long service as a board member for the Elizabeth Fry Society, the World Federalists and the SOS Children’s Village, Dr. Wade spoke about her life and what factors motivated her to become a social activist. All sat riveted by her tales of commitment, determination and bravery.

April 14 – Fast Way To Heal For Life

Halina Matthew, Ph.D., author of the Fast Way To Heal For Life and a Naturopath truly believes that illness can be our best teacher. She discussed how the body heals itself and how to become aware that the choices we make affect our health, our environment and our relationships. She considers Nature, Time and Patience to be the three great physicians.

March 10 – National Resolutions

We voted on five (5) draft resolutions for the upcoming CFUW National AGM in June 2016 and on two (2) important motions on CFUW National bylaw changes: one may totally change our relationship with/membership in Graduate Women International.

February 11 – Laying the Foundation for a Culture of Nature.

Dr. Rob Butler, (click on underlined link to see poster) scientist, conservationist, author, naturalist, artist and writer/producer of The Three Waters, a film about the Salish Sea (Mike McKinley co-producer) which is still in its production stage. A former Senior Research scientist and biologist with Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service, he is President and co-founded the Pacific Wildlife Foundation. The film explores how the natural world is shaping the culture of the Salish Sea between Canada and the United States. Dr. Butler talked about his upcoming movie which will give us an opportunity to see the world and nature in a new way. It “is a journey of exploration to find others who feel the magnetism of the Salish Sea and who might lay the foundation for a culture of nature.”
January 14 – A Musical Interlude: Light classics presented by professional opera singer Catherine Affleck McPhail along with her musings on the state of opera today and its hopes for the future.

December 10 – Christmas Party and silent auction

November 12 – Celebrating Fifty Years of BCIT:

What this iconic technical school has become in half a century! And changes in the programs over the years: from 647 students in 17 programs to the current 48,000 students in 350 programs. Marie-Claire Concannon, Associate Director Giving and Stewardship enlightened us on how BCIT has morphed from a trade school into its current form educating students across a diverse range of careers. Our club is currently developing an endowment fund to support our BCIT scholarship.

October 21 – How Individuals Can Help to Prevent Violence

The public as well as members listened intently to the topic presented by Shannon Turner. Shannon, the co-founder of POVC, is a University of Victoria Doctoral Fellow. Turner has expertise in Healthcare, Community Health, Prevention, Chronic Disease Initiatives, Public Health, Tribal Council Healthcare Management, Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Healthcare Management and Public Policy. Her message, in brief, is get involved. No matter who you are or where you live YOU can make a difference. Got to: http://povc.zimsoft.ca/ for information about POVC.

September 10 – UN Caucus on Status of Women update

We met old friends and the many new who joined us as well as signed up for some of the many interest groups. Linda Russell, B.C. Council president, long time member and a past president of the North Vancouver club, shared the highlights of her experiences at the United Nations Caucus on the Status of Women, held in New York last March. The progress of women’s groups around the world in the last twenty years was the focus. We heard about achievements that occurred despite heavy odds and the role Canada played during those years. Linda will also share an overview of this past year as IFUW (now GWI) undertook to redefine itself. As we begin the New Year CFUW members will be asked to express their thoughts about what we want CFUW to be going forward and what we want CFUW’s voice to be in Canada and overseas. In lieu of a business meeting we divided into discussion groups to address advocacy projects and other issues related to our club’s mission.


Programmes for 2014-2015 Education and Advocacy

June 10 – Annual Dinner with The Motones

The Motones are a subgroup of the award winning a capella Gentlemen of Fortune Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

May 14 – AGM plus CFUW Awards and Scholarships,

Facilitated by Audrey Hobbs Johnson. Education is a key component of the CFUW mandate. We will look at “What does post-secondary education look like in 2015?” Our panel consisted of: Olga Woodland, Secondary Principal in North Vancouver recently retired working now with students taking the International Benchmark Test PISA; Nancy So, Secondary Counsellor, Windsor Secondary School and scholarship committee head; and, Amanda Woodland, North Vancouver secondary student now attending university.

April 9 – Chair-side Travel of northwest Nepal

With Greg Strong to the world’s last enclave pure of Tibetan Buddhism.

March 12 – Proposed National CFUW Resolutions.

February 12 – Finances Matter: retirement, estate and tax planning.

Kathryn Sager, First Vice President, Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy and Catherine Williamson, Investment Advisor, CIBC World Markets shared their wisdom on investing for the older woman along with many helpful hints and checklists for estate and will planning.

January 8 – Hidden Treasures at the North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Assistant Director, Shirley Sutherland, looked at some of the collection treasures, their intrinsic values and what they represent. Nick Locke, the Campaign Director for the New Museum Campaign, gave us a sneak preview of its new waterfront home at the foot of Lonsdale promised for 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday. It will look at the past, the present and the future. Check out my-museum.ca/ and Walter Draycott’s greatwarchronicle.ca/.

December 11 -Christmas Party and silent auction

November 13 – Burkas 2 Bullets,

Alison MacLean, an independent documentary filmmaker of Tomboy Digital Productions, South Surrey, returned to Afghanistan in Spring 2011 to document, on film, the local Afghan women who are being trained as police officers, even though their lives will be in grave danger. Her new documentary, Burkas 2 Bullets, will be released soon. Being embedded with the American, Dutch and French armies provided her safety but as a woman on her own she had amazing access to and trust with local ordinary and police women in several areas. Following withdrawal of Canadian troop’s life is more dangerous for many and she believes NATO needs to stay there longer to let the budding democracy take hold. ISIL (ISIS) is a huge threat to Afghani farmers and their families kidnapping children of families who won’t grow poppies (drugs) for them.

October 9 – Challenges facing women

Frances Robinson, director at Sage House, our local transition house for women and children escaping from violence spoke about the challenges facing the women. In this 18-bed North Vancouver transition house shelter, food, clothing, personal items, referrals, advocacy, individual support and support groups are offered for up to thirty days.

September 11 – Laughing Yoga Exercise

John Wallstrom, certified Laughter Yoga instructor, presented a hands on experience of laughter yoga demonstrating the benefits of laughing unconditionally.


Programmes for 2013-2014: Think Globally, Act Locally

June 12 – Social Issues and Modern Life as a Columnist

Year End Dinner with Guest Speaker, Shelley Fralic, journalist, who has been with the Vancouver Sun for 35 years. She is currently a columnist writing on social issues and modern day life and culture.

May 8 – Michelle Dodds, Executive Director of the North Shore Women’s Centre.

April 10 – Teachings of the Half Boy

Guest speaker Donna Miller talking on aboriginal educational experiences and aboriginal culture. Education is empowerment: it is freedom.

March 13 – National Resolutions

February 13 – Experiences in Bangladash

Guest speaker Carolyn Scott, Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed. Carolyn Scott, head of a Canadian registered charity which supports the Centre for Rehabilitation of the paralysed (CRP), Bangladesh. Her passion for Bangladesh developed during her husbands’, Jon Scott, posting there from 1993 to 1996, as Canadian High Commissioner. She has recently returned from her sixteenth visit to Bangladesh and spoke about her experiences there.

January 9 – Artists for Kids

Guest speaker Wing Chow, artist. Wing Chow, practising artist and enthusiastic teacher who taught art in North Vancouver for many years. He currently heads the marketing and sales for Artists for Kids and spoke on current projects for Artists for Kids.

December 12 – Christmas Social and Silent Auction

November 14 – Key Changes (and challenges) in Education

How do “the collective we” help and hinder the progress of education? Panelists were John Lewis, Superintendent of School District #44 and Principals Kelly LaRue, Lynmour Elementary School, Lisa Upton, Norgate Elementary School and Bill Reid, Queen Mary Elementary School. These four key educators from the North Vancouver School District gave our club a glimpse into the lives our children and youth in the schools of today, the people that teach them and the system that supports them. Social and emotional learning is of prime importance, the skills of reading, writing and numeracy are still important but how teachers engage students successfully has changed. Technology is playing a significant role.

October 10 – How early environments and experiences contribute to children’s ability to thrive.

Guest speaker Joanne Schroeder, Deputy Director of HELP, the ”Human Early Learning Partnership” at UBC. Joanne shared the research done at UBC on Joanne Schroeder played a foundational role as Community Development Manager in the translation of HELP’s early child development research to communities. Her statistics on child vulnerability area by area in North Vancouver was extremely surprising and most enlightening.

September 12 – Film: Status Quo on Women’s Rights

Our September meeting focused on viewing the National Film Board’s film Status Quo. This film, which is made available to all CFUW clubs, deals with the history of the Women’s Rights Movement in Canada, in which CFUW members from across Canada and locally, from CFUW North Vancouver have been actively involved. Each decade fought its own battles for the rights of women and victory was seldom achieved easily – pension reform, divorce legislation, family law issues, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly Section “28. Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.”


Programmes for 2012 – 2013: Think Globally, Act Locally

September 13 – CFUW at the Local, National and International Level

October 11 – Child and family poverty in BC.

Panelists were:

  • Pippa Rowcliffe – a director at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC. Pippa oversees a communications strategy to effectively describe and promote HELP and to disseminate research findings.
  • Sharon Gregson – the Coalition on Child Care Advocacy. Sharon works with advocacy groups at the local and national levels and she is currently a trustee on the Vancouver Board of Education.
  • Dr. Carol Matusicky – community activist and recently retired Executive Director of the BC Council for Families

November 8 – Outside the Wire in Afghanistan

Alison MacLean, Canadian film maker, showed and discussed her video Outside the Wire on the impacts on women and children of the war in Afghanistan.

December 6– Christmas Party and Silent Auction

January 10 – Minds of Deviance

Judith Berg, Counsellor, will delve into practical steps for achieving our goals, how to prevent procrastination taking over, and how to help family and friends who are facing difficulties and possible mental health struggles.

February 7 -Life of a Performance Vocalist: Trials and Tribulations.

Robyn Klassen spoke on the challenges to be overcome by young people as they become established in the artistic community.

April 11 – Advent of a Canadian Ambassador: Canada’s Roles and Responsibilities.

By Jonathan Scott, former Canadian ambassador. Dr. Scott joined the Department of External Affairs in 1966 and has been appointed to diplomatic postings in Tunis, Caracas, Bonn, and Jakarta. As well, he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Canberra, High Commissioner in Dhaka, and Consul General in Munich. Jon Scott served in the Canadian Foreign Service for 37 years with postings to all inhabitable continents. He discussed the benefits of a career in the Canadian diplomatic service and relate a few adventures based on his experiences. Mrs. Carolyn Scott also provided her perspective.

9 May – CFUW Scholarship winners and Dr. Kris Bulcroft, Capilano University President


Programmes for 2011-2012

September 8 – HUGGS (Helping Underprivileged Girls and Guys Study)

Our speaker, Marilyn Gullison, described the founding in 2003 and the work of HUGGS (Helping Underprivileged Girls and Guys Study) Canada which is providing funding to educate 26 young people from the slums of Vizianagaram, India.

October 13 – Spirit, mind and body in our lives

Marylou Coyle – From Geology to Pilates. Marylou, is a geologist turned Pilates instructor with numerous degrees who worked at the top of her field in mining exploration for many years. She currently owns The Refinery, a Pilates studio on the North Shore. Marylou spoke about spirit, mind and body in our lives.

November 10 – Local civic issues

Trevor Lautens, newspaper reporter and commentator, spoke on local civic issues as November was a municipal election month.

January 12 – Evolving the Art Form

Paige Freeborn spoke on Evolving the Art Form: Lions Gate Sinfonia in its Community. Lions Gate Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra on the North Shore.

February 9 – The Legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Sister Marie Zarowny shared her background, the history of residential schools.

April 12 –  Building a Green House.

Like many women, Gail Hunt’s life has been filled with multiple roles: high school Home Economics and Photography teacher, mother, crafter, author and publisher, quilt artist and international instructor, executive director for an arts council, volunteer, and, for the last two years, general contractor for the green home she and her husband are building on the Sunshine Coast. For her talk, Gail shares the high (and some low) points, through photographs and stories, of her latest job as a builder.

May 10 –  What About that Family History of Yours?

Dr. Barbara McGillivray – spoke on relationships between genetics and family history. She is a professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the UBC, as well as a clinical geneticist in the Department of Medical Genetics, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC.

June 14 – AGM Key Issues for CFUW

Speaker Susan Murphy, National CFUW President, spoke on key issues for CFUW in general and for local clubs.

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Admission is free, with a small donation requested to help defer rental costs. Any surplus will go to the CFUW North Vancouver scholarship fund which annually supports a graduating female student from each North Vancouver Secondary School plus CFUW NV endowment funds at Capilano University, BCIT, Simon Fraser University and UBC, where we are in the process of establishing a new $50,000 scholarship endowment. 1919 – 20s costume are welcome.